Liberty Tie-Front Crop Top (Butterick 5895-Patterns by Gertie)

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I have an inquisitive personality. I enjoy trying new things. Sometimes I’m more interested on the process than the result. Knowing exactly what type of clothes suit me brings a great advantage when I’m picking sewing patterns. However that knowledge make my choices really restricted.  Creatively I like to take chances. I was feeling restless, looking for something to do. Tiding my pattern library I picked a garment that you would not normally see me in. A vintage blouse. The pattern has a pair of pedal pushers I like but I went with a loose-fitting crop top with front extending into wide collar and tie ends at waist, extended sleeves and narrow hem on sleeves/back hemline. I knew was a risk! Oh Boy I was right!!! This top is not me at all. I did had a very enjoyable sunday afternoon sewing it. Sewing sometimes is the end go. Of course, I strive to sew a sustainable and wearable wardrobe and will use most of my time to make things I know I will wear a lot. What I don’t want to do is limit my range for a guarantee success. I won’t stop having a few dips and dabs on sewing projects just for the sewing a new idea. Which brings me full circle to the power of experimentation. Fun can be a new shape, construction method, fabric etc… Are you having fun with your sewing?

Fabric: C/o of Remnant King.The Print is a collaboration with iconic fabric brand Liberty of London to celebrate RK’s 70th Anniversary. The tana lawn, named King’s Meadow, is a print from Liberty’s 1940s archive is specially recoloured for 2016.

Size & alterations: Size 12 with 1 cm S.A. Lengthen by 10 cm. The amount is just right as the  “hole’ exposes my belly button just as the pattern original. The ties wrap on my natural waist.

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Constructions notes: The pattern is very easy and straight forward to sew besides the back collar insertion. A lot of reviews mentioned the back collar being an issue making me wonder where lies the confusion; the lack of clear explanation or the drafting.  The pattern is well explained besides the back collar illustration. That step needs a photo. The back collar is suppose to cross over. Mine does it just not enough. Mainly because I reduced the seam allowance from 1.5cm. I’m not discarding a some misinterpretation  of my part on what one is supposed to do.

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Techniques used:baby hem the sleeves. The challenge of applying a baby hem using the baby hem presser foot is to get the fabric to roll from the start. You have to hold your threads and help the feed dogs at beginning by guiding the fabric. It’s a bit awkward but once you get going its quite easy. The presser foot doesn’t guarantee an even hem. You must continue to guide the same amount of fabric all the way thought. I used 4 Snaps instead of buttons.

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  • I agree that sometimes “we” get stuck in a sewing rut–making the same boring things over and over and that it’s good to step outside the box. But it’s so frustrating when your hard work doesn’t make something that you’d wear. That said, if you think *you* can’t pull off a crop top, there’s no hope for me! 😉

    • Aww sweetie. thats a nice way to put it. Crop tops can look so nice on so many shapes. Its the sleeves and overall fullness that bothers me.

  • saturdaynightstitch

    I am like that too. Sometimes I pick patterns just for the challenge they present. I like this fabric and pattern combo. Beautifully made.

    • Thanks dear. Excatly. so nice to know you guys having fun and sewing projects that aren’t set into a category,

  • Kitkat Krispie

    The style of the blouse really suits you! Is it the floral print that puts you off?

  • NickyB

    Love that style of top & it looks great on you. I agree that you have to try different things & I enjoy a Challange. I usually find that my “not quiet sure about” makes find their way into my work wardrobe so do get worn!

    • Thanks Nicky. Indeed that can be an option. I will try to wear it a few times over the summer. maybe on holiday when its hot and a loose fitting soft top may be all I need.

  • Patricia Grundy

    I get it. We just don’t see ourselves in certain styles. But even though you might think it isn’t a “you” pattern, you still look great in it. 😀

  • I think I’d have to agree with you darling: it’s beautifully made, with beautiful fabric, but somehow it’s not really ‘you!’ It’s good to experiment though, it reinforces what works and what doesn’t! xx

    • Thanks Jane. I love honesty. I don’t feel sad it didn’t work.

  • Great post Rach, I absolutely sew things I’m not sure about wearing sometimes just because I want to sew thema nd enjoy that process of trying something new!

    • Exactly. which is so much fun because you don’t have the extra pressure of ‘wear it now’. You can take more time on the process

  • gorgeous, the fabric is so beautiful – and the inside – what a neat finish. while you may not think the blouse is not ‘you’ there are some lovely elements in it – do you think it the blouse or the print (if it was made in a plain rich silk?)

    • I think the shape of the blouse mainly but the vintage fabric contributes to the vintage look. I have seen this blouse made more fitted, so maybe. I would make the sleeves longer because they stop on the fattest part of the arm which i feel its always unflattering.

  • To bad it is not your style! It looks lovely on the inside and outside. Gorgeous fabric and I like the style.

    • Thank you Nathalie. I think its ok to sew things that aren’t your style just for the fun of it. I may give to a friend.

  • Maybe it’s the fabric that’s not “you” rather than the pattern. Nice job constructing this top!

    • Thanks dear. i enjoy making. The fabric is very delicious and would be great to wear on a hot day. I just feel more confident wearing more tailored shapes

  • Ann T.

    I agree with Chuleenan that the fabric may be the problem, rather than the pattern. With your stately, slim figure, I am convinced that you can wear any style you like. The problem I see with this blouse is that the fabric looks, not only old fashioned, but like something one would find on a flour sack during the Great Depression. Thus, the blouse looks best suited to milking cows or cleaning house, but it could be adorable in the right Liberty print.

  • What a lovely blouse! It actually looks great on you, in a kinda 40s (or maybe 70s?) style. I bet it would look great with wide legged trousers. Just not quite your usual style. 🙂